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Derek is a lonely mail room clerk in a dead-end job at a
large accounting firm. To everyone else in his company, he
barely exists. Most people look right through him and don't
even know his name. The few who acknowledge his existence
treat him like an intruder or an idiot. It's a painfully lonely
One day, however, Derek discovers a flyer that will change
him forever. It's a confidence-building course that promises
a "whole new, confident you" to those who take it.
Derek orders the compact disc; what does he have to lose?
When the disc arrives, Derek listens to its instructions,
enraptured. It gives him advice on a "little thing"
he can do the very next day to begin asserting who he wants
to be. Derek takes the advice... with hilarious results.
Produced by New Film Media to showcase the many production
and post-production services they offer to clients, A Whole
New You clocks in at 3 minutes and 28 seconds, making
it a short-short film. It had its world premiere on
September 24, 2004 in Portland, Oregon, at the Portland International
Short Short Film Fest, more affectionately referred to as
FEST." New Film Media also made it available for
viewing on their website in three popular formats: MPEG, Quicktime,
and Windows Media. Cleverly conceived and directed by accomplished
commercial director Jody Dwyer, A Whole New You is
essentially a great joke with a killer punch-line.
Rhiana plays the company receptionist, a young woman who
only just barely acknowledges Derek's existence. She is one
of the few who appears to know his name, but she also clearly
considers him a complete incompetent. She is also the first
to witness his astonishing transformation into a Whole New
Derek, and the look on her face when she does is priceless.
Engaging and a lot of fun, A Whole New You shows once
again that Rhiana shines in comedy. In fact, everybody shines... even, at long last, poor Derek himself.
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